Sunday, May 21, 2017

showing support for ART in our lives

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     These photos (and others like it) got my attention recently on a bulletin board at Morehead State University.  I immediately asked to share some of them on my blog. I don't think we can speak up enough for the value of art in our schools and in our lives. I'm both baffled and distressed that we even have to have this conversation! What is it that too many of our elected officials don't get!!?? 



beloved art prof Joe Sartor in his studio in the Rowan County Arts Center



        These photos were taken in northeastern Kentucky, in Morehead and Grayson. Thank you, Daniel Edie, for your work on this project and for making these photos available to me.   
        All of us are fortunate to have all these folks recognizing how important the arts can be and how needed they are. And how enjoyable at the same time!  Thank an artist today! Support art by buying a poet's book or a work of art.  Explore being an artist yourself! Practice thinking and feeling outside the box!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

recent photos, mother's day, and a birthday

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        Sunday hello, sun here today, for mothering moments and other such sundries!

       I know that this day celebrates them that raise us, as they say, and it gives me a good excuse to feature some recent photos of my granddaughter, Thea, and her mom, my daughter Rebecca, now living nearby!

some photo shooting along our path, with the dogs -- the black one older, the other a puppy

a birthday moment, with other kids and their parents

         Then, starting home from town very recently, with my camera in the car, I realized there was some amazing evening light going on. I hadn't planned to make photos on my way home, but how could a photographer resist this confluence of that light on sky, trees, and water!  I'm including a few of the photos I took at the same time as this first one in order to share how it all came about.
The Photo

I had pulled over in front of a retail building, and the road home is on the left.

Here I'm getting closer to what I want in my photo.
I made this photo as a record of where I was and how the storm sky looked just before I got back on the road to continue home -- after those magic moments.

       In fact, we've had lots of rain here recently. I made these next photos in a favorite spot along the ridge where I live
       I'm sure there are some beloved moms buried in this Cox family cemetery. I don't want to say anything Hallmark-y, but I know we each have our own particular feelings on Mother's day -- and every day -- and I love hearing these individual stories. May I suggest that we honor the day by telling someone our stories or by asking to listen to a story.

    Remember - share stories!

Monday, May 8, 2017

barns in the neighborhood

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           My semester's photo class is almost finished! I have enjoyed this community of student photographers, each with his or her own vision. Plus I have even learned some things I have put off learning for years. In these last photos for the class, I was just trying to go with what's around, which is what I usually do. I had even invited students out to use my barn in photos, if they wanted, but then I realized I should first do it myself!  I guess we could consider this an audition for my barn....

   This first photo may be better for art than for the farm. This broom sage grass is only a sign that the soil is poor. And I have a whole small field of it. This needs my attention over the next few years, and I will try to do what I can. In the meantime, art.

       I haven't cropped these photos, and there are a couple of places that some photoshopping would perhaps be welcome, but I am focusing on the design of things and the feel of the place. That's just my preferred way to do my photos most of the time.

       I've passed this red barn almost every day of the 40+ years I've lived here, but last week the clear evening light, the clouds, and the grasses growing in the field, all made it speak to me in new ways. Sounds corny, but really that's how it works for me.

If anyone wants to come by for some barn photo time, just email me at  Or for now, just enjoy these few photos.       Ann

Sunday, April 30, 2017


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   Happy last day of April! I get to go this afternoon to my granddaughter's 6th birthday party, a few days before the actual date. Today is warm and sunny so far, so it's a good day to be outside with friends and the new puppy and the wandering cat who chose to have 2 kittens a few days ago behind their wood pile and 3 added hens from nearby friends.  Who needs party favors!!
      During this past week, I have been connected to a local effort to speak up in support of refugees, immigrants, and others in the world who may need safety in a new place, including the place we live. I took the draft of the statement composed by some in Morehead to share with my writers group, which meets monthly, and we tried some things and had a good discussion!  But we didn't feel we got it exactly right (like in "write"....) Then this morning, Marie Bradby, in my writers group, emailed us all a fleshed out draft, and I am eager to share it here today.  Thanks, Marie!  The conversation continues. This is indeed something for all citizens to think about:

An Affirmation for Community

       In these challenging times, we are reminded that almost everyone in America has immigrant roots, whether the Irish we so proudly support on St. Patrick’s Day or people from Cuba, Sudan, Serbia—all seeking a better life. The ancestors of many black Americans were forced immigrants who fought and won the freedom and rights enjoyed by all others. No one has had it easy, not the Germans running desperately from the Third Reich, and not the American Indians—the natives of our country—struggling to hold onto the core of their culture from the blustery shores of the Atlantic, to the purple majestic mountains, to the mesas of the southwest.

        As descendants of immigrants and indigenous natives, we have so many things in common: paramount is the yearning to be free from oppression, persecution, discrimination, violence. We seek to raise our families in peace to be contributing members of society.

       Now, we face the need to think about how we can proudly embrace our community to include new neighbors, thereby enriching our [Morehead] home.

       We believe the lives of all of us are strengthened by the joining of strands of difference, just as a strong rope is formed from separate fibers. Let us use this time to come together as Americans.

              And now a few recent photos, mostly thanks my work in my photo class at Morehead State. I'm grateful to have had to find these photos which otherwise I wouldn't have made.          
             Thank you for reading this particular post, and, as always, for being interested in my photos.

hiking in Laurel Gorge, in Elliott County, with daughter (and granddaughter)

Sunday morning -- for a photo shoot for the class I'm taking this semester

the pond where I live, and I'm sitting in my car, with a beanbag on the open window ledge to rest my camera on, to improvise a tripod

Another photo assignment is to try a photo in the style of another photographer. I was lucky to be able to do this when the morning light was overcast and just right.

I'm sill doing the assignment, capturing mother/daughter -- and puppy -- where the path goes goes up, then down, headed to the waterfalls. One of my favorite photos growing up was the last photo in The Family of Man, and this section of our path to the waterfalls has always reminded me of it. 


Sunday, April 23, 2017

This week it's dogwoods and red-winged blackbirds!

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        Rainy week, good light this morning when I took these photos, and April's wonders continue.  I am again parked on a winding road, nearby, looking down on fields and woods. Thank you, drivers, for safely passing me. I wanted to revisit the dogwood tree alone in the woods, blooming with abandon. 

how it started today

spring greens above

     Back home, I ended up sitting/hiding in my car, with a bean bag on the open window ledge to use as a camera balance, trying to catch the red-winged blackbirds on the pond. I do get one -- a female -- using my 70 - 300 lens, which is the best I can do without being a committed bird photographer.  I have cropped one of the photos to show more detail about the bird - which is a female RWBB. I have read somewhere that a single daddy blackbird watches out for several nests at a time.


bird is there, but hard to see

cropped photo of the female red-winged blackbird

The bird is gone, but imagine it returning often....

turkey in the yard, with (trust me) a daddy RWBB companion
  I have way too much fun putting these posts together. I have other photo work that needs doing now, so thanks for the looking with me. I so appreciate all the people across the world who expressed support this Earth Day weekend for using hard-earned skills to learn as much as possible about the world we live in -- the one we want to preserve and protect by using this essential information. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

apple blossoms and red buds, April 8, 2017

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       Not much space for writing today - there are all these photos I want to share. I made them a week ago, in the evening, spurred on by needing a photo of an apple orchard for a book project George Ella and I have been working on. I had to park the car very near a major curve on a hill on Route 32 in order to protect myself while working with my tripod. There are few photographers out there on the roadside.... and there was a lot more traffic than I expected.The evening light was so beautiful, though. It was almost dark when I finally left. I don't know if we will use any of the photos, of course, since we may need to show actual APPLES, but in the meantime, here is some Appalachian beauty as seen from 6 feet of roadway. I'm grateful I had an excuse to stop and look and savor.     
        Please note: these are most of the images I shot, since I work at a deliberate pace. They are unedited, and in chronological order, as I explored what angles I could manage from where I was located. And the evening light was, of course, gradually dimming. A friendly reminder: click on one of the photos and then look at them one by one, larger, along the bottom of your screen.















        If one or two of these work particularly well for you, please let me know.  I will give each photo a number, in case, to reduce confusion since they are versions of a whole.  Happy Spring!